Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Abby was our Springer Spaniel. Sorry to say, she has passed over to the Rainbow Ridge.

Many plants are toxic to dogs. Our dog Beau ate some daylily leaves and vomited all day. We were becoming concerned because he couldn't even keep down water. This persuaded me to make a list of plants that are toxic to dogs. Owners need to be aware that some dogs will try to eat almost anything. It is helpful to know which common garden plants are toxic to them. There are over 700 varieties of plants that can make your animal sick and I can't list them all here, but I will list some of the most common that may be found in your yard.

The leaves, bulbs and flowers of some plants are poisonous and can cause serious problems and even death. Hopefully this list will spare some animals discomfort or even possible death. Many plants and flowers have a sweet scent and that causes dogs to think they are edible.

These lists are just a guideline, so if your pet eats something unusual, you need to call your vet. I am an animal lover that has completed a lot of research, but I am not an expert.

I have many of the flowers on the list and I'm not willing to give up my perennial flower beds. My solution has been to move the most dangerous plants to an area away from the pets and keep an eye on them when they play in the yard. Of course I can't always do this every minute and neither can you. You'll usually be able to tell if they have been eating something, because they'll still have a little residue in their mouth. If your dog is salivating heavily or appears ill, make him open his mouth. You may see piece of the plant in there. If not check your plants and you should be able to tell if he has been eating any. Call your vet immediately if he/she has consumed anything dangerous.

Plants That Cause Dermatitis

Boston Ivy - All parts of the plant will cause swollen or sore tongue, lips and mouth.

Cactus - These can cause a rash or sores from the pricks they get from the spiky leaves. The sores or rash can become infected.

Chrysanthemums - These will cause the dog to get a rash either on his skin or mouth.

Poison Ivy - Most of us can identify poison ivy with its three leaves. Even if your dog isn't allergic to this plant, if he has gotten it on his coat, you can have the oils can rub on you. If you are allergic, you can get poison ivy.

Poison Oak - Poison oak is much like poison ivy and you can get it just by petting your dog, if he has been in some. If he is allergic, he'll break out from it.

Plants That Cause Gastric Problems

Even though these plants are listed as just causing gastric problems, treat this seriously. A dog can become dehydrated and need immediate medical care. Dehydration can not only be serious, but in some cases cause death. Watch your pet closely.

American Holly - The berries will cause nausea and vomiting

American Mistletoe - The berries will cause problems.

Southern Yew - Be sure you have properly identified this plant, because some yews are toxic. This shrub is just mildly toxic. Both the seeds and leaves will cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Plants That Are Toxic

Most Common Plants - Not All Plants Can Be Listed Here

Angel Wings - The leaves and stems are poisonous. This plant is just considered mildly toxic, but I wouldn't take any chances. The dog will have pain and an irritated mouth, dermatitis and swelling.

Autumn Crocus - If you know that your dog has ingested the bulb or plant this is serious. This plant can cause your pet to go into shock, cause renal damage, nausea and vomiting, pain in the mouth, throat and abdomen, and cause diarrhea. Get the animal emergency medical help as soon as possible.

Apricot - Stems, leaves and seeds are toxic. Don't allow the dog to eat the fruit, because they may accidentally swallow a pit this way. Your pet may go into shock and the animal should be taken immediately for medical care.

Azaleas - Azaleas are shrubs that are used to beautify your landscaping. They bloom in early spring and are beautiful, but they are in the rhodedendron family. If the dog eats just a couple of leaves it can cause a stomach ache, excessive drooling, abnormal heart beat, and paralysis in their legs. Call your vet immediately if you think your dog has eaten any leaves, because it can occasionally cause coma and death.

Bleeding Heart - Also called Dutchman's Breeches or Squirrel Corn. All parts of the plant are poisonous. This plant contains alkoloids and if your dog consumes it, you need to seek medical care immediately.

Caladium - All parts of the plant are poisonous. The dog will need to be taken to the vet immediately. This plant is usually grown from a bulb and in northern areas is replanted every year. I would not plant these where pets will be.

Castor Beans - All parts of these plants should be avoided because it is highly toxic. Some people plant these in their yards to get rid of moles. I advice not to have them in your yard at all if you have pets.

Symptoms that your dog has ingested these is bloody diarrhea, nausea, dehydration, excessive thirst, muscle twitching, weakness, convulsions and coma. Even if the dog doesn't display all of these symptoms, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.

Choke Cherry - The leaves, seeds (pits), stems and bark are all considered very toxic. Seek professional help immediately.

Clematis - The stems and leaves of this vine are toxic to dogs. Clematis comes in many different colors. Seek professional help.

Daffodils - Bulbs are toxic. Death can happen within a few hours. This is an emergency. Don't plant daffodils in any area where your dog will be unattende

Delphinium - This plant is also known as Larkspur. All parts of the plant are toxic.

Elderberry - The berries are edible when ripe, but the rest of the plant should not be eaten. Dogs rarely eat this plant, but you should still be aware that it can be toxic.

English Ivy - The leaves and berries are both considered very toxic. Seek help immediately.

Foxglove - The flowers leaves and seeds are poisonous to both humans and animals. If your dog ate any of these, this is an emergency.

Heliotrope - The plant looks nice in a pot on your patio, but beware if you have a dog. Even tiny bites can cause liver damage. If the dogs continues to take little nips of it, it can cause death.

Hydrangea - The leaves and buds will both cause irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract. The dog will have a bloody stool.

Iris - The rhizomes and rootstock are poisonous. Since the rhizomes grow above the ground, they are easy to access. Dogs don't usually eat these, but if they do you need to call the vet.

Lantana - The immature green berries can cause severe problems which include diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and weakness.

Lily of the Valley - All parts of the plant are considered extremely poisonous. Seek medical help immediately.

Monkshood - This plant is also known as Aconite and Wolfsbane. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous. At one time it was used in Europe to kill wolves and mad dogs. If you have this plant, pull it out immediately. If it is too late and your dog has already eaten the plant, seek medical help immediately.

Morning Glory - The seeds are toxic. This can be severe. Call the vet if your dog has eaten any. It will cause diarrhea and nausea, urination will be increased and can cause your dog to have hallucinations.

Mushrooms - If you see these growing in the yard, remove them as soon as possible. Some poison mushrooms can kill your dog. If your dog does consume one, get them to the vet immediately. Some mushrooms aren't as toxic as others and some are safe to eat, but don't take a chance unless you are an expert at identifying them. If possible take a sample with you, so the vet knows what they are dealing with.

Symptoms after eating a mushroom are abdominal pain, excessive drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, possible convulsions, and possibly coma.

Oleander - The entire plant is toxic and can cause death. Get medical care immediately.

Onions and Garlic - If you've got these growing in the garden, keep the dogs away. These two plants contain thiosulfate. Onions are more dangerous than garlic. Both can cause a type of anemia in dogs where the red blood cells actually burst. If they are eaten in large enough amounts this can cause liver damage, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and discolored urine. Do not feed dogs with leftovers containing onions or garlic either.

If your dog ingested any of these in a large quantity or have any of these symptoms, a trip to the vet is a must. Symptoms don't usually occur for a couple of days.

We used to feed our dogs leftover pizza and spaghetti, but no longer. Garlic isn't as toxic as onions and large amounts of it needs to be eaten to cause symptoms. Keep your dog away from both.

Potato Plant - The entire plant is toxic. These may cause death. This is an emergency.

Rhododendron - The flowers and leaves cause gastric problems. These can cause cardiac and liver problems, so you need to call a vet.

Rhubarb - The stems are edible, but the leaves are toxic. Seek medical help immediately.

Star of Bethlehem - This is an early Spring blooming flower that grows from a bulb. The plant can be identified by its tiny blooms that are white and star shaped.

Tomatoes - The entire plant is so toxic that it can be fatal for the dog. Most dogs won't eat a tomato plant because they don't like the smell. If your dog does consume one, seek help immediately.

Even the fruit of tomatoes can be toxic to dogs if they eat enough. Note, only if they eat enough. I've gotten a lot of feedback on this one. Yes, my dogs have eaten leftover spaghetti and sauce and haven't gotten sick. You shouldn't feed your dogs leftovers of anything containing tomatoes though. It isn't good for them and if they eat enough, yes it can be toxic.

Tulips - Tulips are considered just mildly toxic. The bulb is the toxic part and people in Holland ate these at one time. They will cause diarrhea, depression, lack of appetite and heavy salivation.

Yellow Oleander - The entire plant is toxic and can be fatal. Seek medical help immediately.

Yew - Because of the rough surface yews have, it would be unusual for your dog to eat it. If the dog does though, it can be fatal. Get help immediately.

Don't Have the Plants That May Cause Death

I am keeping the plants that may cause serious problems out of my yard. The flowers and shrubs just aren't worth taking a chance. Remove the plants immediately and either plant in an area where your dogs won't be tempted or dispose of them.

Questions & Answers

Question: Are Forever Susan lily bulbs toxic for dogs?

Answer: Forever Susan lilies are Asiatics and are beautiful. Lilies are poisonous for cats, but may just cause indigestion for dogs.

Question: Can nibbling on a gardina kill a dog?

Answer: If it is a small dog, it might. Any other dog it might just give them a tummy ache. Nibbling means they aren't consuming a lot at a time. If they consume a large amount, a trip to the vet is in order.

Question: Are petunias poisonous?

Answer: No. Petunias are not poisonous to dogs.

© 2011 Barbara Badder

Becky on June 17, 2020:

Can the Rebekah plant be poisonous to dogs ?

Christensen on November 05, 2019:

What some dog owners may not know is that there are some plants and flowers that are dangerous to our furry family members. It is better to do some research about our garden and plants to prevent dogs from getting poisoned. Also, train your dogs not to eat anything else. In the worst case, call your vet once your dog got poisoned.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 29, 2014:

Nancy, Many of these plants dogs will smell them and not touch them. There is the odd plant that smells edible to them that they do. My crazy dog still tries to eat daylilies. It seems he'd remember how sick they made him. Thanks for commenting.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 28, 2014:

Barbara, thank you for this. Some of these plants you've listed I knew about, but there's a lot of them I didn't. I no longer have a dog, but my grown kids do and they also have yards and flowers. I will be sure to send them this link. Thanks again.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 26, 2014:

donanna, Thanks for adding that. I'm not familiar with the plant.

donanna on July 26, 2014:

Apple of Peru, also known as lantern plant, is 100% posionous to all animals and humans. It has beautiful blue/white flowers that turn into paper lanterns full of seeds.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 26, 2014:

I have a few too many daylily plants as well, and I have had to steer Zoe away from them (I too believe she thought they were grass). The weird thing is that she actually did have a debilitating situation last year where it seemed that she had paralyzed her hind quarters... she couldn't walk. We took her to the Vet and he "fixed her up" but we didn't really have an adequate answer to our questions about what happened. She tends to sample bits of herbery as we go for our walks... so we will 'up' our vigilance. Thanks again for the article!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 26, 2014:

techygran, I wouldn't worry about all of them, because the only one my dog seems interested in our yard are the daylily leaves. Maybe he thinks they are grass and he eats grass. The problem is that I have around 150 daylilies. I used to collect the different varieties and even hybridized some myself. An option is to use that spray from the pet store that keeps pets away from plants.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 25, 2014:

Thank you for this very comprehensive (and terrifying) list... I am going to have to do a thorough inventory of my yard and gardens because I have most of the most pet-noxious plants growing in my yard, and we have a 'family member' who could be affected by nibbling on any number of them. I'm sharing this-- great work!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 19, 2014:

erorantes, Thanks for viewing and thanks for the compliment.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on January 18, 2014:

Thank you for your article on the plants that are bad for the dogs. You did a good job on your hub.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on May 04, 2013:

mypuglovestomatoes, My dogs have had things with tomatoes in them and never got sick either. It says in large quantities though. If they eat the plant itself, they could be in trouble though.

mypugslovetomatoes on May 04, 2013:

My pugs love tomatoes and have eaten them almost every day for as long as they have been alive, 15 & 16 years and counting. I keep my plants out of their reach or I would never get any tomatoes myself! As for the scent of the plants? My pugs circle tomato plants like sharks seeking blood. No joke.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 07, 2013:

Temeguele, I'm sorry about your dog. Thanks for commenting.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 07, 2013:

newudedcarssacram, Thanks for reading and commenting. You are right about us watching out for them.

Temeguele on February 07, 2013:

Great hub and i was wondering since 03 years ago why did my most liked suddingly died .

Thanks for the great info.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on February 07, 2013:

Dogs wouldn’t know which plants are toxic for them, so we have to be careful instead. Thanks for the detailed information. It is very helpful.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 07, 2013:

Jmillis2006, Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.

Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on February 06, 2013:

Great hub, I had no clue about some of these plants being toxic to dogs.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 26, 2013:

Bill, Thanks for reading the hub and commenting. I'm happy you found it helpful.

billd01603 from Worcester on January 25, 2013:

Thank Barbara. I have a yellow lab that will eat anything. Very informative Hub. Voted up and useful. I'm going to mark this one in my favorites so I can refer to it in the future

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 25, 2013:

loveofnight, Thanks for reading the hub. Most of these plants, your dog won't be interested in, but there are a few that your dog will give a try. Best of luck.

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on January 25, 2013:

WOW.....I had no idea that there were so many toxic plants in my very own back yard. It rather fills in blanks about some health episodes that I had with my dog/daughter Foxy.Thanks so much for such an informative hub.Be well

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 22, 2013:

muske, Thanks for reading and I'm happy I could help.

muske on January 21, 2013:

thank you also for all that important information. I have 2 dogs and I often dogsit my son's dog when he travels oversees, his dog is a sharpee and extremely sensitive to all sort of things. But this list is very helpful and I will surely book mark this.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 17, 2013:

Judy, All I can say is you need to get rid of those trees or put some fencing around them so he can't get near them. Maybe if you used the dog repellent spray that you can buy at most garden centers. It comes in an aerosol can and costs about $8-$9.

Judy on January 17, 2013:

My Chihuahua eats some kind of tree berries. He poops the berries out whole, but he usually has loose stools when he does. The stench is awful, not to mention he waits to get inside to poop. Any suggestions. I'd love to cut the trees down, but it's too expensive.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on December 13, 2012:

iguidenetwork, Thanks for reading and commenting on the hub. The tomatoes and potatoes are something my dogs don't show any interest in. Thank goodness.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on December 13, 2012:

Potatoes and tomatoes are both relatives of nightshade -- and all of them are really toxic. Good thing you have pictures so that I could really remember what they look like, so I won't let my pets near those plants. Thanks for informing. Voted up and shared.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 21, 2012:

midget38, It is important information to know. Thanks for commenting and thanks for the compliment.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 21, 2012:

I will not let my dogs near these, for sure!! Exciting information. Thanks for an excellent write!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 13, 2012:

billybuc, Thanks for reading. It is important info to know if you have a dog, like I see in the photo you do. I have half the plants listed, but the dogs stay away from most of them and the worst ones, I don't have in their fenced in area.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 13, 2012:

I'm certain I read this before but I don't see my comment. A sure sign of old age creeping upon me. Sigh! Great hub and very interesting; I didn't know any of this....but now I do and thank you!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 27, 2012:

doc, Not the tomatoes! It is all parts of the plant. Sorry you misunderstood.

doc on August 27, 2012:

Tomatoes? Toxic? That's a laugh. My labs rob me of my tomatoes for 3 solid months every summer. Their faces are green from foraging in the tomato bushes daily. Sometimes they don't even wait until they ar red. They just eat them regardless. Tomatoe cages? worthless! Chicken wire? helpful, but in the long run they find the weakest point and take advantage. If I were not so pissed off, it would be hilarious.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 03, 2012:

stepnek, Puppies can be like that. My sister's new pup tried to eat a ceramic pot that she had flowers in. I'm happy you can use the information. Thanks for reading and commenting.

stepnek from Ontario, Canada on July 03, 2012:

We have a ten week old very active Jack Russel puppy who thinks that everything there is to be eaten. Fortunately our garden is only slightly cultivated and I have fenced off the plants as I just don't want her destroying them. It didn't occur to me that some might actually be toxic.

Your list was very useful to read and reference and has certainly made be think about being even more cautious with our new puppy. A good hub. Thank you.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 03, 2012:

mrpooper, I didn't know myself, until my dog ate something that is shouldn't have. Then I started doing the research. Thanks for reading and sharing.

mrpooper on July 03, 2012:

I imagine a lot of pet owners aren't aware of this. Thanks for sharing. I'm forwarding this to every pet owner I know.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 02, 2012:

amir, Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 02, 2012:

Vegas Elias, My mother always said that about the tomato plants. Isn't that funny. Tomatoes plants put off a scent that I don't think the dogs would want to eat them anyways. Thanks for commenting.

amir saeed on July 01, 2012:

Great job.... very helpful and did help thanks barbara ,so many confusions now has been resolved abt my dogs health. Good work

Vegas Elias from Mumbai on July 01, 2012:

A very useful hub indeed. You have given a comprehensive list of plants toxic to dogs. I am surprised to learn that potato and tomato plants are also toxic; though I heard my mother say so about the potato plant many years back.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 01, 2012:

Ask Ashley, I'm happy that I could help. Thanks for reading the hub.

Ask Ashley from California on July 01, 2012:

What a helpful hub! Before I plant anything new in my yard, I always research the plants for animal safety, but this will be a big time saver for me now. Thank you for the thorough research. Bookmarked and voted up!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 01, 2012:

Green Dog VT, I'm happy I could help. Most of these, your dog won't touch. Our dog did it when we put him on a much needed diet. That's all I can figure out is why he'd eat something like that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Green Dog VT from chester,vt on July 01, 2012:

Thanks I would have never even thought of most of these plants you may have saved my dogs life.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 30, 2012:

GaelicQueen, I'm sorry to hear about your dog. Why they eat some of the things they do makes me wonder. Thanks for commenting.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 30, 2012:

Debby, We quit letting our dogs eat things with onions and garlic. Maybe we can let them have a bite of pizza again. Just one of my dogs tries to eat plants he shouldn't be. The other won't touch them. Thanks for commenting.

GaelicQueen on June 30, 2012:

Thank you for the insightful article. My terrier tried to make a salad bar out of my potted Lantana plant. It has made her liver toxic and vet is treating her with special G.I. lowfat diet and liver support soft chews.

Debby Bruck on June 30, 2012:

Dear Barbara ~ I have a feeling most dogs will stay clear of plants that would upset their system or be toxic to them out of instinct. I wrote a Hubpages about toxic foods to pets, which includes garlic, onion and tomato. But, truth be told, only some animals are highly sensitive to these foods. Some pets actually relish them. Each to his or her own likes and sensitivities. I asked this question to Dr Christina Chambreau, DVM during the Pet Health Series we did together on BlogTalkRadio this year. Blessings, Debby

P.S. Congratulations on the AWARD WINNING HUB!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 30, 2012:

rebecca, Thanks for reading the hub. The good news is that they don't try to eat all of them, but accidents do happen. Thanks for commenting.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 30, 2012:

Poor Beau. Thanks so much for making us aware of toxic plants and pets. I knew about a few but nothing as extensive as this. Surprisingly long list!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 25, 2012:

MasterPlanter, I haven't found any, but you've given me something to research. Thanks for reading.

MasterPlanter on June 25, 2012:

Are there any plants that dogs dislike the smell of but won't be fatal to them or other household pets like cats? It seems like it would be an easy and humane way to keep dogs away from certain areas just by planting certain plants there.

Magicdust Staff from Sydney, Australia on December 08, 2011:

Very comprehensive guide here, so many traps for the unwary! Well done on putting this resource together.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on December 08, 2011:

Nifwlseirff, Thanks for visiting the hub and giving the info about peace lilies. I think they are much the same as Asiatic lilies.

Moonlake, I didn’t include houseplants. I need to write another hub about those. Thanks for the extra information. It makes you wonder why dogs eat some of these things.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on December 08, 2011:

Uniquearticlesbuz, anjali, imkd, Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting. I’m happy you found the list helpful.

dingy skipper, princesswithapen, Thanks for sharing and visiting the hub. I’m happy that it can help someone.

Pamela, Thanks for commenting and the compliment about my dog. I’m sorry to say that Abby as passed away. We now have a Brittany spaniel.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 07, 2011:

Thank you for a very useful list of plants that are dangerous for dogs. This is a great hub to make people think about what they have in their garden if they have a dog in their family. Congratulations for getting the Hub of the Day accolade!

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on December 07, 2011:

Congratulations on being chosen hub of the day. Don't forget the lowly Diffenbachia, also known as mother-in-laws tongue. It will paralyze the vocal chords in animals and pets. It can also cause death.

My dogs never eat the plants except one would dig up the carrots and eat them. They do not damage. The cat loves my house plants though. I have to keep them in the room that she is not allowed in. The gerbils live there too. She has tried to eat them also.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on December 07, 2011:

This is a great hub! It will be good to check our garden for toxic plants this coming spring - we have a Golden Retriever puppy and I don't want him to eat anything toxic! I once read that cocoa mulch was toxic to dogs, so we didn't put it down this last summer!

Raj Lally Batala from Chicago ,USA on December 07, 2011:

Congratulations on being chosen Hub of the day !! lot of good information !

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 07, 2011:

What a great hub, and you probably saved more than one heart broken dog owner. I will definitely refer back to this.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on December 07, 2011:

Barbara Kay, my mom loved Lily of the Valley but I remember her warning my brother and myself to never, ever touch it. That it was poisonous. So, I guess humans need to stay away, too. Great Hub.

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on December 07, 2011:

Very informative hub! I've had multiple dogs growing up and I must say none of them have tried to eat from my dad's extensive and ever expanding flower garden. They seem more interested in animals and grass than anything. But then again most animals have better instincts than humans and know what they can and cannot eat. For example deer know that daffodils are poisonous and will not go near them.

Beau may have been eating grass to clean his system. Dogs tend to do that when they don't feel the best, however it does make them throw up.

FloraBreenRobison on December 07, 2011:

Congratulations on being chosen Hub of the day. Most of these are toxic to cats too.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 07, 2011:

Great job! Congratulations on Hub of the Day--well deserved!

There certainly are many, many plants that can cause problems for our pets. Cats are usually pickier about what they eat..but years back, I did have a cat that ended for me any thought of having houseplants, as anything in a plantpot, he thought was salad; and if I put it where the cat couldn't reach, I'd forget to water it, and the plant died anyhow. Better the plant than the cat, and I prefer my cats.

We no longer have dogs because of physical limitations, but I always find the garlic & onions caution puzzling, because I recall a tale my dad told me when I was young. His sister had a Boston Terrier that was a virtual garbage can--and one day, he went out in the yard, dug up and ate ALL of the garlic. No ill effects at all--except for the humans contending with a dog who then wanted to bestow lots of love & kisses. Dog breath--ick--garlic dog breath--almost deadly! ;-)

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 07, 2011:

Barbara Kay: Congratulation on Hub of the Day...This information definitely needs to be in the hands of all of those who have dogs...I do not have one now...long story...but I have 4 cats, all outside so I am concerned about toxic plants for them as well.

I will share this hub with my friends and family who have dogs that are not dogs they are members of their family as are my kitties.

arusho from University Place, Wa. on December 07, 2011:

Oh, one more thing. Make sure you show your dog which things are appropriate to play with. That way when they start chewing a plant, you must watch them, tell them no and give them a chew toy. They will never learn unless you do this repeatedly until they get it.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on December 07, 2011:

Thank you to everyone for commenting on the hub. I didn't include houseplants on this list, but it sounds like I should.

I'd answer each comment individually, but there are so many I'm a bit overwhelmed. I'm so happy to get the hub of the day.

arusho on December 07, 2011:

Keep kids and adults away from these plants, too. I would also recommend directing your dogs attention to a chew toy or some other safe play activity if they are showing interest in the plants. My dog only chews the long grass in our backyard, which doesn't bother her, she just likes grass. I would also recommend that puppies or dogs should never be left unattended in the backyard as that can lead to problems: such as, digging, barking, boredom, eating things (plants, rocks), separation anxiety. Dogs are social and want to be with you, you must show them which things are play toys and which things are not (such as toxic plants). Have a kennel in your backyard to keep them contained and practice putting them in it every day for a little bit until they are used to being in the kennel longer.

RTalloni on December 07, 2011:

Thanks for sharing this thorough list. Congrats on Hub of the day for an important hub!

Voted up.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on December 07, 2011:

This was extremely helpful. I had no idea about onions and garlic. That nixes any leftovers at my house. Even though I'm new to having a dog, some of the plants mentioned I was aware of, others were a revelation. I, too, will bookmark this for future reference. Thanks for the research and for sharing with us.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 07, 2011:

Congrats on Hub of the Day. As a dog lover, I value anything about my pet's health. I did't see any mention of the Poinsettia plant. I was told it was toxic to dogs. I got a beautiful one for Christmas, but I won't put it in the house for fear "Baby" will get into it. People will be getting these plants for Christmas, and they should check out if that is correct info. Good Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on December 07, 2011:

This is an excellent resource that I have bookmarked. Right now our dog can only go out on a leash with us, but if the time comes when we fence in the yard I want to be sure to avoid any plants that can make her sick. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on hub of the day.

mljdgulley354 on December 07, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day. My sister has a Boxer that will eat anything. I'm going to share this with her.

moonlake from America on December 07, 2011:

I would add philodendron to the list. Our dog ate one of our house plants one time and we had to rush her to the vet. He gave her something to make her vomit. Lily of the Valley is also toxic to dogs. We have them growing in our yard, we didn't plant them and I have pulled them out but they keep coming. Their right in a spot where the dogs like to run after chippers.

Congratulation on hub of the day. Great hub.

Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on December 07, 2011:

Peace lillies are common indoor houseplants, and are part of the spathiphyllum genus, which is toxic to both animals and humans when eaten.

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Thanks for an important and informative hub!

imkd on December 07, 2011:

glad to read you hub. i always live my dog but didn't consider these things.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 07, 2011:

First, your dog is absolutely adorable. This is a very informative hub that I will bookmark for future reference. I learned many things I didn't know before, so thank you for being so thorough.

princesswithapen on December 07, 2011:


This is an extensive list, nicely done! Its amazing to see how even some common plants are poisonous to pooches. I remember reading a similar list for cats made by a fellow hubber that I had bookmarked a few months back. I am going to bookmark this list too and pass it around to fellow dog lovers.


uniquearticlesbuz from USA on December 07, 2011:

Thanks for sharing I don't have any idea about these plants which are very dangerous for dogs. Thanks to aware me about this, now I can protect my Pets...

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 31, 2011:

doodlebugs, Thanks for commenting. Most dogs will leave these things alone, but then you get a dog like our Beau and don't ask me why he'll eat anything. We had him on a diet, because he's chunky. Maybe he thought he was starving?? This is good knowledge to have though.

Nolen Hart from Southwest on October 30, 2011:

Wow, lantanas? I had no idea. I have them planted all over the place but so far the dogs have left them alone. Good info to know though, since they like to chew on sticks. I suppose that the twigs and sticks from dead lantanas could be poisonous too.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 30, 2011:

Better Yourself, When I first researched I was shocked. I have a Brittany that thinks everything is edible and we have plants all over our yard. I'm going to do some moving around next year, since we have a fenced in area for him.

Better Yourself from North Carolina on October 30, 2011:

Wow - didn't realize so many plants were dangerous to my dogs. Thanks for sharing - Great hub!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 10, 2011:

Jangaplanet, My dog is allergic to grass too, but it doesn't seem to bother him unless it is wet.

Many of these plants are dangerous for cats too, but cats have an entirely different list of plants that will bother them. I was surprised by this. I should probably do an article on cats too.

A James Di Rodi on October 10, 2011:

Hi Barbara, Useful and interesting information. I was completely oblivious that certain plants were toxic for dogs. Luckily for me I do not have any sitting around the house nor in the yard. Although my dog did get a rash once and the vet told me it was the caused by the wet grass while playing outside. Do these plants affect only dogs or other house pets as well?

Great hub, vote up and interesting!


Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 08, 2011:

diseasessymptoms, I'd love to have 6 dogs, but I'm afraid there would be times our household would be chaos since we allow them in the house. We now have two, but have adult children that visit often. I hope this hub saves some dogs some problems or even death.

Thanks for commenting.

diseasessymptoms from Philippines on September 08, 2011:

Hi Barbara, these are really new information for me. I'll be careful next time I plant a seed in our backyard. We have many adapted pets. I think we have 6 adapted dogs. I wouldn't want any of them be poisoned by those plants you mentioned. Thanks again.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 08, 2011:

Cardia, I was shocked that our dog Beau got so sick from the daylilies leaves. After that I decided to do some research. I was shocked that so many plants could actually kill our dogs.

Thanks for reading.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on September 08, 2011:

Barbara, I had no idea that some of these plants were toxic for our dogs. Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 08, 2011:

homesteadbound, I didn't know ham was bad for them. Thanks for the information.

vocalcoach, I think marigolds are alright. At least I didn't find that there was anything wrong with them. Dogs usually don't like the smell of tomatoes and onions. They usually don't like daylilies either though and Beau ate them anyways. Thanks for commenting.

munirahmadmughal, Yes a fence around the area would help. Thanks for visiting.

feelhungry, Too bad there isn't a positive answer on this one.

feelhungry on September 08, 2011:

Barbara, I did some research previously as well. And, I also got mixed opinions. Yes. I would give my dogs some small quantities. He really loves the smell of the Durian though.

munirahmadmughal from Lahore, Pakistan. on September 08, 2011:

Highly informative hub with a sense of spreading knowledge to avoid cruelty to animals in innocent manners. As human beings we must behave in a manner which does not cause hurt to any other creation. To grow the plants is everybody's right but where such growth is toxic or fatal a degree of care is there as a social demand. A fence around such plantation may reduce such danger.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 07, 2011:

OMG - I had no idea that these plants were toxic to dogs. I have tomatoes growing and acouple of onion plants. I also have marigolds - are they alright? So very very grateful to you for this information. A huge thank you and voted up and across the board, except for funny. Nothing funny about poisoning our doggies. And good luck on the hub challenge!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on September 07, 2011:

Wow. That's quite a list of plants. I have several of them, fortunately my dogs don't eat them. Along the same lines, I used to work with a guy who feed his dog ham. He said it killed him. He said the vet said that some purebreeds have a problem with ham. The trichonosis that is in the ham, attacked its intestines and caused internal bleeeding and killed the dog. So sad. Thanks for such a comprehensive list.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 07, 2011:

Dirt Farmer,Sorry to say, but some plants are toxic to cats that aren't to dogs and vice versa. Daylilies are a good example. They only upset a dog's stomach, but are considered toxic to cats. One of these days I'll get around to writing a list of plants toxic to cats.

lundmusik from Tucson AZ on September 07, 2011:

wow,, this is so great,, i think every dog owner should have this info... tremendous,, i'm bookmarking it-- i'm following you and look forward to other thoughts you might have about animals

Jill Spencer from United States on September 07, 2011:

What helpful hub! Fortunately our dog doesn't eat plants (he just steps on them), but my cat never met a plant he didn't want to eat.

Top 10 Dog Poisons

Dog poison No. 1: Over-the-counter medications. This group contains acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen and naproxen (Advil, Aleve), as well as herbal and nutraceutical products.

Dog poison No. 2: Prescription medications for people. Drugs that might be beneficial or even lifesaving for people can have the opposite effect in pets. And it doesn’t always take a large dose to do major damage.

Some of the most common and harmful medications that poison dogs include:

  • Prescription anti-inflammatory and pain medications can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers or kidney failure.
  • Antidepressantscan cause vomiting and, in more serious instances, serotonin syndrome -- a dangerous condition that raises temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and may cause seizures.
  • Blood pressure medications.

Dog poison No. 3: People food. Your canine companion may look so cute as they sit there begging for a bite of your chocolate cake or a chip covered in guacamole, but not giving them what they want could save their life. Animals have different metabolisms than people. Some foods, such as onions and garlic, as well as beverages that are perfectly safe for people can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal, for dogs.

  • Alcohol. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in animals are similar to those in people, and may include vomiting, breathing problems, coma and, in severe cases, death.
  • Avocado. You might think of them as healthy, but avocados have a substance called persin that can act as a dog poison, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Macadamia nuts. Dogs may suffer from a series of symptoms, including weakness, overheating, and vomiting, after consumption of macadamia nuts.
  • Grapes and raisins. Experts aren’t sure why, but these fruits can induce kidney failure in dogs. Even a small number may cause problems in some dogs.
  • Xylitol. This sweetener is found in many products, including sugar-free gum and candy. It causes a rapid drop in blood sugar, resulting in weakness and seizures. Liver failure also has been reported in some dogs.

Other foods you should keep away from your pet include tomatoes, mushrooms and most seeds and nuts


Dog poison No. 4: Chocolate. Though not harmful to people, chocolate products contain substances called methylxanthines that can cause vomiting in small doses, and death if ingested in larger quantities. Darker chocolate contains more of these dangerous substances than do white or milk chocolate. The amount of chocolate that could result in death depends on the type of chocolate and the size of the dog. For smaller breeds, just half an ounce of baking chocolate can be fatal, while a larger dog might survive eating 4 ounces to 8 ounces, though 8 ounces would be extremely dagerous. Coffee and caffeine have similarly dangerous chemicals.

Dog poison No. 5 Veterinary products -This includes medications as well as flea and tick treatments. Just as we can be sickened or killed by medications intended to help us, cases of pet poisoning by veterinary drugs are not uncommon. Some of the more commonly reported problem medications include painkillers and de-wormers. And you may think you’re doing your dog a favor when you apply products marketed to fight fleas and ticks, but thousands of animals are unintentionally poisoned by these products every year. Problems can occur if dogs accidentally ingest these products or if small dogs receive excessive amounts. Talk to your vet about safe OTC products.

Dog poison No. 6: Household products, from cleaners to fire logs. Just as cleaners like bleach can poison people, they are also a leading cause of pet poisoning, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems. Not surprisingly, chemicals contained in antifreeze, paint thinner, and chemicals for pools also can act as dog poison. The pet poisoning symptoms they may produce include stomach upset, depression, chemical burns, renal failure and death.

Dog poison No. 7: Rodenticides - Unfortunately, many baits used to lure and kill rodents can also look tasty to our pets. If ingested by dogs, they can cause severe problems. The symptoms depend on the nature of the poison, and signs may not start for several days after consumption. In some instances, the dog may have eaten the poisoned rodent, and not been directly exposed to the toxin.


Dog poison No. 8: Insecticides - Items such as bug sprays and ant baits can be easy for your pet to get into and as dangerous for your pet as they are to the insects.

Dog poison No. 9: Plants. They may be pretty, but plants aren’t necessarily pet friendly. Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include:

  • Azaleas and rhododendrons. These pretty flowering plants contain toxins that may cause vomiting, diarrhea, coma, and potentially even death.
  • Tulips and daffodils. The bulbs of these plants may cause serious stomach problems, difficulty breathing, and increased heart rate.
  • Sago palms. Eating just a few seeds may be enough to cause vomiting, seizures, and liver failure.

Dog poison No. 10: Lawn and garden products. Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them.

Protect Your Pooch from Poisonous Plants

It’s important to protect your canine best friend from plants that are poisonous to dogs. Whether you’re an avid gardener or have a few potted plants on your front stoop, you should be aware that some plants might not be your dog’s friend. In fact, many shrubs, trees, and flowers commonly found in the garden and in the wild are dangerous if your dog eats them. Some can cause discomfort, some will make your dog miserable, and some can even be fatal if ingested.

Shrubs That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Azalea and Rhododendron: Used in landscaping and found in the wild, the entire genus is extremely dangerous for dogs. Eating even a few leaves can cause serious issues, including vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, paralysis, shock, coma, and death.

Holly: Varieties include American holly, English holly, Japanese holly, and Christmas holly. Although some are less toxic than others, it is best to keep your dog away from any variety. Eating the leaves can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal injury due to the plant’s spiny leaves. Symptoms include lip smacking, drooling, and head shaking.

Hydrangea: With high concentrations of toxic substances in the flowers and leaves, ingestion, especially of the leaves and flowers, can cause lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal upsets.

Ivy: Although a vine rather than a shrub, ivy is a common part of many landscapes. The foliage of certain types of ivy plants is dangerous to dogs, although not usually lethal. Ingestion can result in excessive salivation and drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, a swollen mouth and tongue, and difficulty breathing.

Oleander: All parts of this popular ornamental shrub are toxic to humans and dogs. If your dog ingests the flowers or leaves, he can experience extreme vomiting, an abnormal heart rate, and even death. Other signs to look for include tremors, drooling, seizures, and weakness.

Peony: These gorgeous flowering plants contain the toxin paeonol in their bark and may cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested in large amounts.

Sago Palm: Often used as an ornamental shrub in temperate zones, it’s considered one of the most toxic plants for dogs. Every part of the plant is toxic, especially the seeds. Ingesting just a few seedpods can result in acute liver failure. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and bloody stools, decreased appetite, and nosebleeds.

Trees That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Black Walnut: The tree itself isn’t dangerous, but the nuts that fall to the ground can be. They start to decay very quickly and produce mold, so when a dog ingests them they cause digestive upset and even seizures.

Chinaberry: The berries, leaves, bark, and flowers of this tree all contain toxins that can result in anything from vomiting and diarrhea to weakness, slow heart rate, seizures, and shock.

Fruit trees: The fruits of trees such as plum, apricot, peach, and even avocado contain pits, and the seeds of cherries and apples contain toxins that can make your dog sick and are choking hazards. Even if they only eat the fruit, eating too much can cause diarrhea

Horse Chestnut (Buckeye): This tree contains saponin, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, dilated pupils, affects the central nervous system, and can also lead to convulsions and coma.

Japanese Yew: All varieties, from the dwarf to the giant trees, contain dangerous toxins that can be fatal to dogs. Symptoms include tremors, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and seizures. Because of their bright green leaves and red berries, they are popular holiday decorations – but they should not be used in homes where dogs live.

Other nut trees: As a general rule, nuts aren’t safe for dogs. Avoid letting your dog eat the nuts from almond, pecan, hickory, walnut, or other nut trees. Ingestion can cause gastrointestinal problems and intestinal blockage.

Flowers and Bulbs Poisonous to Dogs

Autumn Crocus: These fall-blooming plants contain colchicine, which is extremely toxic, causing gastrointestinal bleeding, severe vomiting, kidney and liver damage, and respiratory failure. Symptoms might be delayed for several days, so don’t wait to seek veterinary attention if your dog has ingested any part of this plant.

Begonia: Often used in containers, these tubers can cause mouth irritation and difficulty swallowing when ingested.

Chrysanthemum: These common flowers contain lactones and pyrethrin, which cause intestinal irritation. While not lethal, eating any part of the plant can result in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, skin rashes, and loss of coordination.

Daffodil: Ingesting any part of the plant, especially the bulb, can cause severe vomiting, drooling, tremors, respiratory distress, convulsions, and heart problems.

Foxglove: All parts of these tall beautiful flowers, from the seeds to the petals, are extremely toxic to dogs. Ingestion can cause cardiac failure and even death.

Geranium: All varieties of this common container plant are poisonous to dogs. The symptoms include lethargy, low blood pressure, skin rashes, and loss of appetite.

Iris: Ingesting any part of the plant can cause skin irritation, drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.

Lily: With so many different varieties of lilies, it’s hard to remember which are dangerous and which are relatively benign. Some — for example, daylilies — are extremely toxic to cats, but cause only gastrointestinal upset in dogs. Others, such as the calla lily, release a substance that burns and irritates a dog’s mouth and stomach, and symptoms can be mild to severe.

Lily of the Valley: Symptoms of ingestion include diarrhea, vomiting, a drop in heart rate, and cardiac arrhythmia.

Tulip and Hyacinth: The bulb is the most toxic part, but any part of these early-blooming flowers can be harmful to dogs, causing irritation to the mouth and esophagus. Typical symptoms include excessive drooling and vomiting. If many bulbs are eaten, symptoms may include an increased heart rate and irregular breathing. With care from a vet, dogs usually recover with no further ill effects.


Where to Get Help if You Think Your Dog Ate a Poisonous Plant

The AKC Vetline offers 24/7 access to trained pet care professionals and licensed veterinary staff who offer assistance with questions about poisoning, as well as general healthcare issues concerned with illness, injury, nutrition, and when a dog should be examined by a veterinarian. It’s very important to remember that the hotline is not a substitute for veterinary care.

According to American Kennel Club Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein, the best cure is prevention. He recommends that you survey your yard and identify any plants that may be dangerous. Then restrict your dog’s access to them. And when in doubt, seek professional help. “The most common mistake pet owners make is to wait to see if the dog becomes ill before contacting the veterinarian,” says Dr. Klein.

My Dog Ate a Toxic Plant — What Should I Do?

If you suspect your dog has eaten something toxic, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your vet or AKC Vetline as soon as possible. Or call the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661) for accurate advice. (You will be charged a fee when you call the helpline.)
  2. Try to identify the plant by taking a sample or a photo or by collecting the dog’s vomit in a plastic bag.
  3. When you reach the vet or helpline, provide as much information as possible, including:
  • The suspected plant and the time of ingestion.
  • Your dog’s weight.
  • Any symptoms your dog is showing.
  1. Under no circumstances should you induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by the vet. Specific plant poisons require specific treatments, and vomiting can make some cases worse.
  2. Don’t fall for the myth that dogs instinctively avoid dangerous plants. While it is sometimes true of animals in the wild, dogs have no ability to distinguish between safe and unsafe plants.

10 Houseplants That Are Dangerous For Your Dog

Household plants can definitely liven up a home, but unfortunately, some species are dangerous for your pets and could even prove to be fatal if they’re ingested. The following list features plants which are poisonous to your pet due to the toxic substances they contain. Many of these plants are known by different names so it’s recommended that all pet owners familiarize themselves with them. It’s also an excellent idea to have a first-aid kit available for your pet in case of any type of mishap.


The Lily family of plants is quite large, but some members of it are toxic to dogs and cats. The Mauna Loa, also known as the Peace Lily, is toxic to dogs and cats while the Stargazer and Easter Lilies are toxic for cats only. In fact, the Stargazer and Easter Lily could be fatal to cats if it goes untreated as it affects the animal’s appetite and kidneys. As for the Peace Lily, your dog or cat could start vomiting and have a problem swallowing due to irritated lips and tongue if it’s ingested.

Aloe Vera

While Aloe Vera is a wonderful plant for humans because of it’s skin-smoothing properties, but it has the opposite affect on pet dogs. The leaves contain a type of gel substance which isn’t harmful to your pet if it’s ingested, but the other parts of the plant can harm a dog’s digestive system.

Ivy (Hedera Helix)

We’ve all heard of Poison Ivy, but even regular Ivy can be harmful to a dog even though it’s quite pretty. A dog may develop a rash and/or breathing problems if the plant is eaten, but things can become much worse as Ivy can also lead to a coma or paralysis.

Jade (Crassula Ovata)

The Jade plant goes by many aliases such as Jade Tree, Dwarf Rubber Plant, Chinese or Japanese Rubber Plant, Friendship Tree and Baby Jade. Whatever you want to call it, be sure to keep it away from your pet dog or cat. Nobody really knows what the specific toxins are in this plant, but ingesting it can result in vomiting, incoordination (ataxia), a slow heart rate (bradycardia) and/or depression.

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

Dieffenbachia is generally known as Dumb Cane, Exotica or Tropic Snow and it’s poisonous to both dogs and cats. This plant’s harmful toxins can result in burning/swelling of the mouth and tongue as well as difficulty in swallowing, vomiting, and increased salivation. In some cases it can cause breathing difficulties and even death.

Elephant Ear (Caladium)

You may recognize this colourful plant species by its other common names such as Malanga, Via Sori, Pai, Taro, Cape or Ape. The chemicals found in it are similar to those in Dieffenbachia therefore the reactions are almost the same. This means your pet could suffer from oral problems, increased salivation or drooling, vomiting, and difficulty with swallowing.

Pothos/Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)

Also known as Satin or Silk Pothos, the plant is toxic to both dogs and cats as it can irritate the mouth and tongue. In addition, your pet may also suffer from vomiting, increased salivation and swallowing difficulties. The plant is related to Philodendron and can cause similar symptoms.

All parts of this exotic-looking plant can cause problems for your pet dog. This includes the roots, leaves and even the seeds. They’re all poisonous and ingesting any part of the plant can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and even liver failure.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)

This plant definitely isn’t ZZ Top for your pet as it can result in irritable reactions including diarrhea and vomiting.

Asparagus Fern

This plant is bad for both dogs and cats and is also known as Emerald Fern, Emerald Feather, Sprengeri Fern, Lace Fern and Plumosa Fern. The plant contains a toxin called Sapogenin and if the berries are ingested it can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and inflammation of the skin.

Sowbread (Cyclamen)

This flowering plant will brighten up any room, but it’s poisonous to dogs and cats. When swallowed it can result in increased salivation/drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, and abnormal heartbeat and/or seizures. It can even be fatal in severe cases.

If you’d like to decorate your home with plants there are several types which are safe for your pet dog as they contain no harmful toxins or chemicals. The most common and popular of these are
Hens and Chicks, Burro’s Tail, Blue Echeveria, Ponytail Palm, and Bamboo.

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